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1  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Announcements & Updates / Mellencamp Newsletter: 2nd Leg of Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour Starts Friday! on: August 02, 2017, 10:34:24 am
JOHN MELLENCAMP SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES 2017 SUMMER TOUR RESUMES THIS FRIDAY  - TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 

Following the highly-successful first leg of the Sad Clowns & Hillbillies 2017 Tour, Mellencamp returns for a second round of Summer dates and will be joined by Special Guest Carlene Carter. Tickets are currently on sale for the last 12 shows, details onthe Mellencamp.com TOUR page.  Check out some of the fantastic show reviews from the first leg of the summer tour on the home and news page of the site:

JOHN MELLENCAMP SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES 2017 SUMMER TOUR DATES August 04 - West Allis, WI - Wisconsin State Fair  August 05 - Davenport, IA - Mississippi Valley Fair  August 13 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena  August 14 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion  August 19 - Des Moines, IA - Iowa State Fair   August 20 - Springfield, IL - Illinois State Fair  August 26 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival August 27 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival  August 29 - St Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair  August 31 - Allentown, PA - The Great Allentown Fair  September 01 - Essex Junction, VT - Champlain Valley Fair  September 03 - Canfield, OH - Canfield Fair

JOHN'S ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME EXHIBIT EXTENDED THROUGH EARLY 2018   The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, located in Cleveland, OH, presents a special exhibit on the life, art and music of 2008 Inductee John Mellencamp. The exhibit, which opened November 10, 2016 in the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibition Hall, features over 100 items, including handwritten lyrics, guitars and paintings. “In working closely with John Mellencamp to create this exhibit, it was very clear that he embodies what rock and roll is all about – rebellion, being true to yourself, and, of course, making great music,” says Karen Herman, Vice President of Collections & Curatorial Affairs at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

“I would like this exhibit to let people know, or discover, that I really have spent my entire life living the way that I want to live, and doing what I want to do,” Mellencamp says. “And, that I consider myself the luckiest guy in the world for being able to do that.” Read the complete press release on Mellencamp.com, which  includes a list of some of the artifacts from John's personal collection contained in the exhibit. Learn more about the exhibit at RockHall.com. Watch the preview below.

The exhibit has received rave reviews from Mellencamp fans, put it on your list of must do's before the exhibit ends!



HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT JOHN'S NEWEST VIDEOS? "EASY TARGET & "GRANDVIEW" "Easy Target" is the first song released on John's new record Sad Clowns & Hillbillies and is his reflection on the state of our country. An outspoken artist, Mellencamp continues his journey to convey the truth through this passionate and plain-spoken song.



"Grandview," is a black-and-white video that showcases Mellencamp’s slick delivery with McBride’s powerhouse vocals — both dripping in heartland coolness. “Just an old country boy, wearing my Osh-Kosh boots / Walked by the trailer factory, every day on my way to school / Early on in life the only thing I wanted to do / Was to buy me a trailer and move it down to Grandview,” Mellencamp sings in the opening verse.  Download or stream "Easy Target" & "Grandview"  on all music services now, including iTunes and Spotify. 



Thank you for your continued support!! TonyB & SharonC - The Mellencamp.com Web Team - help@mellencamp.com

2  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / Articles / Country Standard Times: Mellencamp Flexes His Creative Muscles on: June 28, 2017, 08:17:39 am
Mellencamp flexes his creative muscles
The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles

By Dan MacIntosh - Country Standard Times

For his "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies" tour, John Mellencamp brought along Carlene Carter - the night's self-described hostess who appears on the recent album, as well as Emmylou Harris. Each iconic woman performed her own set, as well as joining in with the headliner's set. With Mellencamp dressed rather formally, this man introduced as being from Bloomington, Ind. put on a show both deep in content and emotion.

Mellencamp naturally, drew liberally from this latest as well as performing a large dosage of hits. The night's most moving moment took place when Mellencamp sang "Easy Target," featuring a lyric inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. In contrast to Mellencamp's usual fiddle-colored folk rock, this performance was far more subdued, with a contrasting cabaret feel. Mellencamp's voice, which has grown into a husky Tom Waits-y growl, sang it like a grizzled social commentator.

Mellencamp also performed the REM-flavored "Grandview" from the "Sad Clowns" album, while Carter chipped in the Apostle Paul-inspired "Damascus Road" from the album during her opening set. While the early part of Mellencamp's set took on a serious, bluesy vibe, he closed out the show with whole-audience sing-alongs for the rumbling "Crumblin' Down," danced to "Authority Song" (which mixed in lyrics and dance moves from "Land of 1000 Dances)," "Pink Houses" (which was transformed this night into a duet with Carter) and sent the audience home feeling nostalgic with "Cherry Bomb." Mellencamp proved there are few better at transforming socially conscious songs into a rocking dance party.

Harris preceded Mellencamp with a set of songs that expertly matched the fine singer's voice with top tier lyrical material. Gillian Welch's "Orphan Girl" came early in the set, while "Pancho & Lefty," which she claimed never gets tired of singing, came along later. And calling it her favorite Merle Haggard song, Harris gave the late singer/songwriter's "Kern River" song about love and loss a feminine viewpoint.

Carter, who looks and sounds more like her mother June Carter Cash every day, opened with an acoustic guitar-backed "Every Little Thing," but also found room to sing the wonderful Carter Family gem "Gold Watch and Chain." Although they didn't get a chance to sing any of their own songs, Lily & Madeleine provided lovely harmonies for every act throughout the evening.

Tonight's audience appeared to be a mixture of Americana music fans and hardcore Mellencamp devotees. Unfortunately, many of these Mellencamp fans rudely talked loudly during Carter and Harris' sets, which drew dirty looks from some of the more eclectic audience members. It's sometimes easy to forget Mellencamp was once a big pop star, even though one song he sang ("Pop Singer") expressed his disdain for singing pop music. In fact, Mellencamp turned his smash "Jack and Diane" into an acoustic guitar accompanied throwaway, which he claimed he sings only because his audience demands it.

Mellencamp's hit making days may now behind him, but the songs on "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies" show the Midwestern roots rocker still flexing his creative muscles. And this night gave him ample opportunity to work out these well-developed strengths.

 
3  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / Articles / American Blues Scene: John Celebrates The Spirit With ‘Sad Clowns & Hillbillies on: June 28, 2017, 08:17:06 am
By Barry Kerzner - American Blues Scene

John Mellencamp has been around. He’s seen his share of what life has to offer: simple, complicated, anticipated, surprises, joys, and disappointments. Over the course of a career that began in the mid-seventies he has been nominated for 13 GRAMMY Awards, winning one. He’s had over 22 Top 40 hits, and along with Neil Young and Willie Nelson he founded Farm Aid, “an organization that works to increase awareness of the importance of family farms.” In 2008, Mellencamp was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Just as Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly painted pictures of daily life and struggles in their day, perhaps the two best such troubadours of our time are Mellencamp and Willie Nelson. A person would be hard pressed to find finer realistic portrayals of our country and its people today than those being written and performed by Mellencamp. What makes his glimpses into the human condition so convincing, and so accurate is their inherent honesty. His protagonists are instantly recognizable in ourselves.

More than four decades on and Mellencamp is still gifting us illuminating portraits of who we are, how we see ourselves, and how we view the world we live in. His 23rd studio album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, out on Republic Records, is a scintillating experience.

Of the album’s 13 tracks, six are written by Mellencamp himself, and three with others. His production is flawless, and along with Bob Ludwig’s mastering, and David Leonard’s engineering and superb mix, the sound quality here is rich, deep, and gratifying. The band elevates the experience, carrying these yarns and dramas along to us wrapped in a sea of layered sonic adventure. Carlene Carter joins Mellencamp on vocals for five of these performances.

It is almost alarming how easy it is to lose ourselves in these songs. We listened to the album several times through and like the intriguing partner at a dance, we wanted yet another turn.

There are performances that we particularly enjoyed. “Battle of Angels” is at once daring, and observant, looking at our dealings with others, even as the music envelopes us: “You know our life’s full of shadows, with one foot out the door. Trying to satisfy our hungers, and devouring our souls.” The gruffness of Mellencamp’s vocal on this track makes the message all the more poignant. “Grandview” harkens back to his earlier, more rock informed work and features Martina McBride on vocals and Izzy Stradlin on guitar. It’s a look at wants versus realties and the comfort of simplicity.

“Indigo Sunset” draws us in with its simple elegance clothed in rough edges. “What kind of Man Am I” is a painfully truthful gaze into the protagonists’ soul as he himself examines it. This is potent introspection, and merciless insight. The vocals and the music itself heighten the delivery and impact of this examination. “Damascus Road” is another song where a person takes a deep dive into their own soul: “I could suddenly see the good and bad in both sides of me.” This is yet another compelling journey inside our own psyches.

Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is without question a contemporary masterpiece. This is some of the best writing and music that Mellencamp has ever been kind enough to share with us. He provides a perspective that is still as unadorned, honest and witty as ever, but more perceptive with the experience of growing older.
4  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Ticket & Tour Questions / Re: Sad Clowns And Hillbillies VIP Tour Package Merchandise on: June 27, 2017, 07:53:36 pm
Tony/Sharon;

Just some kudos here, I think the merchandise in this package has been the best package yet! Especially the nice Mellencamp tour themed poster!

-Large tour themed Mellencamp poster
-Hat
-Best VIP laminate yet (album cover)
-Water bottle
-Bottle opener keychain

Thank you! We put a lot of thought into this package. Glad you like it!
5  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Announcements & Updates / Mellencamp Newsletter: Farm Aid 2017 Announced - Pre-Sale Tickets 6/15 @ 10AM ET on: June 13, 2017, 01:07:46 pm
FARM AID BRINGS 2017 MUSIC AND FOOD FESTIVAL TO THE KEYBANK PAVILION, BURGETTSTOWN, PA  SEPT. 16TH
Farm Aid announced today that its annual food and music festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16th, 2017, at KeyBank Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA, with tickets going on sale to the public on Friday, June 23rd.

Farm Aid 2017, an all-day music and food festival, will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, as well as Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Blackberry Smoke, Valerie June, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Insects vs Robots.
Before the most recent Farm Aid concert in Bristow, VA, Sept. 17, 2016, at a pre-show press conference, Mellencamp said someone remarked to him: "Farm Aid, you guys still doing that?" He retorted: "You still eating?" Read the complete press release on Mellencamp.com.

MELLENCAMP.COM FARM AID PRE-SALE TICKETS ON SALE THURS. JUNE 15
We will be offering a limited number of tickets, including covered reserved seats, non-roof covered reserved seats, and general admission lawn tickets, in a Mellencamp.com free member pre-sale on Thursday, June 15th, beginning at 10 AM EDT through Friday, June 23rd ending at 10 PM, or whenever our allotment runs out - supplies are limited. The pre-sale tickets will be offered through Live Nation using a password posted on the Mellencamp.com TOUR page for logged in members. Read THIS tutorial to learn how our pre-sale works. Please watch our TOUR page for more details.
 
FARM AID TICKET DETAILS - STAY CONNECTED TO FARM AID!
FarmAid.org's ticket pre-sale gives you access to the best seats in the house - before the tickets go on sale to the public. The FarmAid.org presale starts tomorrow, Wednesday, June 14th, at noon EDT - visit farmaid.org/tickets for all the information you need!
Public Ticket Sale
Tickets for Farm Aid 2017 go on sale on Friday, at 10 AM. EDT. Ticket prices range from $49.50 to $199.50 and will be available for purchase at LiveNation.com, the venue box office and by phone at (800) 745-3000. 

Road2FarmAid
Farm Aid galvanizes family farmers, activists, advocates and eaters to stand up to corporate power in support of a farm and food system that is good for people and communities, not just for the profits of a few. Every action we take - seeking out family farm food, voting with ballots and our forks, sharing good food with family and friends - shifts the power in our food system. Get on the #Road2FarmAid! Show us how you make change a road2.farmaid.org and you could win tickets to Farm Aid 2017.
Get Connected
For the latest concert updates and information all summer long, like Farm Aid on Facebook, and follow @Farmaid on Twitter and Instagram. Keep an eye out for the Farm Aid 2017 app for iPhone and Android, coming soon!

AARP: JOHN MELLENCAMP - WHAT I NOW KNOW
The roots rocker, 65, meditates on songwriting, aging, and his good and not-so-good habits. Read Edna Gundersen's complete Q & A on how the rock great reflects on his career, art and relationships and view several new paintings in the June/July issue of AARP Magazine.   

Thank you for your continued support!!
TonyB & SharonC - The Mellencamp.com Web Team - help@mellencamp.com


6  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / Tour Talk / Opening Night Set List in Denver on: June 06, 2017, 11:05:03 am
Set List - Denver, CO June 5, 2017

7  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / Video & Audio / Full Show + What Kind of Man Am I, Easy Target & Grandview from iHeart 9/27/2017 on: May 16, 2017, 08:49:43 am
On the eve of John's new release Sad Clowns & Hillbillies John performed at the iHeartRadio Theatre in Tribeca for an intimate concert for fans. He talked with Jim Kerr and performed a set including new songs and old classics. Watch the entire show below.

 

Easy Target



What Kind Of Man Am I



Grandview

8  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / Articles / Stereoboard 4 Out of 5 Star Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Review on: May 05, 2017, 07:45:26 am

By Simon Ramsay - Stereoboard
For obvious reasons, the US is currently enduring one of the most turbulent periods in its history. So the prospect of plainspoken singer-songwriter John Mellencamp returning with a passionate, scathing diatribe about the current state of his nation was an exciting one. Ever the contrarian, though, ‘Sad Clowns & Hillbillies’ is instead a surprisingly uplifting comeback that’s less protest piece and more existential comfort blanket.

You wouldn’t necessarily expect an album with this title to perk you up, but the record, the 23rd in a career that has seen the everyman from Indiana become one of America’s greatest songwriters, does just that thanks to its origins and the contributions of country songwriter and vocalist Carlene Carter.

Daughter of June Carter and stepdaughter to Johnny Cash, Carlene worked with Mellencamp on both Stephen King’s ‘Ghost Brothers of Darkland County’, and the movie score of Ithaca before supporting him during a recent tour.

During that time the pair decided to write brand new songs in the style of an old religious country album, but once they began crafting material the record evolved into a panoramic take on American roots music coloured by a stirring undercurrent of humanity and spirituality.
The gospel joy of My Soul’s Got Wings – which Mellencamp crafted from unused Woody Guthrie lyrics – and brooding revelation of Carter’s Damascus Road may be the only two overtly religious songs, but that sense of faith, hope and a higher purpose still courses through this record’s veins. The visceral What Kind Of Man Am I, for example, is reminiscent of Cash’s take on Nine Inch Nails’ Hurt. It begins as an old man’s tortured confession but halfway through the band kicks in and Carter arrives to offer salvation, taking an incredibly dark piece and flooding it with redemption.

Throughout, her mellifluous vocals bring light to Mellencamp’s shade. On Dixieland stomper Sugar Hill Mountain, a gloriously anachronistic piece that sounds like it should be blaring out of a gramophone, Carter oozes feelgood escapism, while helping to transform the potentially mournful nostalgia of Indigo Sunset into a beautiful, treasured memory. She also brings out a sprightlier side of her musical partner, with Sad Clowns a jazz-inflected, tongue-in-cheek number that’s vintage Ray Davies.

What’s more, the self-professed curmudgeon even gifts fans a cracking throwback moment in Grandview. Written with his cousin Bobby Clark in the early ‘90s, its smouldering rock ‘n’ roll groove is driven by Izzy Stradlin’s gritty guitar, former Heartbreakers drummer Stan Lynch’s swinging beats and a sassy vocal contribution from Martina McBride. If hearing this doesn’t make you feel alive, you’re probably not.



Where Mellencamp’s last two records were musically sparse affairs, ‘Sad Clowns…’ is a bountiful production featuring sublime instrumentation and orchestration. Gospel backing singers, pianos, organs and dobros all interweave with acoustic, electric and pedal steel guitars to create a fittingly upbeat canvas that helps conveys the record’s thematic focus. The results make for somewhat philosophical, didactic and cathartic vignettes about reconciling our perfectly imperfect character traits, finding purpose in this world and walking a meaningful path.
Although a departure from what’s preceded it, the album climaxes with a potent sting in its tail. Easy Target is a bitingly raw protest number about racial discrimination and poverty where Mellencamp’s smoke-stained vocals resemble Tom Waits and pack a sage punch. Signing off with the line “Easy targets, a country’s broken heart”, its weighty sentiments remind us of ongoing injustices that should never be ignored.

We’d have loved a full record in that style, but what the world needs right now is optimism and something to fortify the human spirit in the face of enveloping adversity. ‘Sad Clowns & Hillbillies’ isn’t necessarily the Mellencamp record we wanted, but it may just be the one we need.
9  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Announcements & Updates / Watch John's Interview and Performance on The Today Show on: May 03, 2017, 12:13:29 pm
John Mellencamp tells The Today Show that “it took about three seconds” to come up with the name of his new album, “Sad Clowns and Hillbillies.” He also talks about how he came to collaborate on it with Carlene Carter, daughter of country music legend June Carter Cash: “It was very organic, how it turned out.” Watch the interview below and view John and Carlene performing "Grandview," "Pink Houses," "Small Town," and "Indiogo Sunset" from the show.

 

John is joined by Carlene Carter for a rousing performance of Mellencamp’s 1984 hit “Pink Houses” live in the Today show studio watch it HERE.

John jokingly tells Hoda Kotb Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is “an age-appropriate rock record.” He is joined by Carlene for a live performance of “Grandview” in the studio, watch it HERE.

Carlene joins John for a live performance of one of the songs on the new release, “Indigo Sunset.,” watch it HERE.

Carlene joined John for a live performance of his 1985 hit “Small Town,” watch it HERE.

 

10  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Announcements & Updates / Mellencamp Newsletter: John On The Today Show Tomorrow on: May 02, 2017, 02:21:45 pm
Read the newsletter on line here with working links  https://t.e2ma.net/message/yxpwo/avrh8d

TOMORROW/WEDNESDAY: MELLENCAMP ON NBC'S THE TODAY SHOW
John will be performing on NBC's The Today Show tomorrow, Wednesday morning May 3rd, appearing in the 8 AM, 9 AM, and the 10 AM hours in support of his new release Sad Clowns & Hillbillies! 
 
LISTEN TO JOHN ON NPR'S WORLD CAFE
Beginning Monday, May 1st listen to John's interview on NPR's World Cafe.  He talks about his new album, songwriting, his mother & grandmother, and being born with Spina Bifida. It's an insightful and revealing interview.

WATCH ELYSA GARDNER'S DISCUSSION WITH JOHN
Watch John's interview from Monday, May 1st, with USA Today's Elysa Gardner as part of McIntosh Group & Republic Records Direct Connection Series. John talks about the inspiration for his new album, why one of his favorite party songs made the record, and has Carlene Carter join him for a wide ranging conversation with Elysa.


READ JOHN'S ROLLING STONE Q&A
 Page 18 of the May 4th issue of Rolling Stone Magazine includes a full page question and answer session between writer Brian Hiatt and John. The article speaks of how John invented modern country music and why he'll never stop smoking, among other intriguing questions. Look for the magazine on store shelves now! Read Online

READ JOHN'S LATEST INTERVIEWS & REVIEWS
 John has done a lot of interviews in promotion of Sad Clowns & Hillbillies:

LA Times
NY Daily News
Indianapolis Star
Forbes
iHeart Radio Icons Release Party
Paste Magazine
Cryptic Rock
Rolling Stone
American Songwriter - Digital Edition available NOW - Print Edition available May 9th



SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES OUT NOW!
 John's 23rd album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is out now! John is joined by his "singing buddy" Carlene Carter as his featured guest on the album. The first singles "Easy Target" and "Grandview" have received rave receptions and glowing album reviews are showing up daily!
•Listen to Sad Clowns & Hillbillies on NPR.org's First Listen Stream
•Buy Sad Clowns &Hillbillies today online!
•Learn about special editions of Sad Clowns &Hillbillies that are available, autographed editions, bonus track editions, special vinyl versions are all available
•Read the press release announcing the album and the Wikipedia page for more details

•If you purchased tickets to a June or July show on John's Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour each ticket purchased includes a CD - LEARN MORE & REDEEM TODAY
•Watch John's interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers along with his performance of "Grandview (featuring Martina McBride)" and "Jack & Diane (acoustic)"
•We want fans to report their CD retail buying experiences this week. In return, you can win an autographed Mellencamp guitar or one of many other prizes! LEARN MORE

SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES TOUR UPDATES
 The Mellencamp.com Pre-Sale for John's two shows at the Ravinia Festival are on sale now. LEARN MORE

REMEMBER TO GRAB YOUR VIP TICKET BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!
 We are offering Front Row VIP Ticket Packages and Diamond VIP Packages for most shows on the Summer 2017 Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour. Limit of six (6) per order. To find out if your show has VIP packages offered, click the blue info icon on the Mellencamp.com TOUR page. There are only a handful of front row tickets left for the whole tour and very limited quantities of Diamond VIP packages left, so act quickly!

See all of John's 2017 Concert Dates.


Thank you for your continued support!!

TonyB & SharonC - The Mellencamp.com Web Team - help@mellencamp.com 
 
11  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Announcements & Updates / Join us tonight exclusive Facebook Live via Billboard on: May 01, 2017, 04:29:12 pm
Don’t miss John’s exclusive Facebook LIVE tonight from the World Of McIntosh in NYC. Head over to facebook.com/billboard at 7PM EST to watch John discuss his career, his new album #SadClownsAndHillbillies, and more Thanks to @mcintoshlabs, @Billboard, @republicrecords.
12  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Announcements & Updates / Mellencamp Newsletter: Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Out TODAY! on: April 28, 2017, 11:13:18 am
Go to this link to read on line and get working links  https://t.e2ma.net/message/u6duo/il5vvd

It's always a great time to be a Mellencamp fan but even more exciting now with a super busy time for John! Check out the highlights below, but be sure to visit Mellencamp.com for all of the details!

SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES IN STORES TODAY
John's 23rd album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies comes out today! John is joined by his "singing buddy" Carlene Carter as his featured guest on the album. The first singles "Easy Target" and "Grandview" have received rave receptions and glowing album reviews are showing up daily!
•   Listen to SC&H on NPR.org's First Listen Stream
•   Buy SC&H today online!
•   Learn about special editions of SC&H that are available, autographed editions, bonus track editions, special vinyl editions are all available
•   Read the press release announcing the album and the Wikipedia page for more details
•   If you purchased tickets to a June or July show on John's Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour each ticket purchased includes a CD - LEARN MORE & REDEEM TODAY
•   Watch John's interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers along with his performance of "Grandview (featuring Martina McBride)" and "Jack & Diane (acoustic)"
•   We want fans to report their CD retail buying experiences this weekend. In return, you can win an autographed Mellencamp guitar or one of many other prizes! LEARN MORE

 

TODAY: SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES ALBUM PREMIERE ON SIRIUSXM OUTLAW COUNTRY CHANNEL 60!
John celebrates the release of his new album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies featuring Carlene Carter with a live in-studio visit with Mojo Nixon today at 5 PM ET on SiriusXM Outlaw Country, Channel 60 and streaming OnDemand on the SiriusXM App & Internet Radio.  If you don't have an account, you can listen to the interview HERE when you sign up for a free trial.

TODAY: JOHN TO GUEST ON SIRIUSXM'S SHOW DEBATABLE
Catch John on Friday, April 28th, at 6 PM ET on SiriusXM's Volume (Channel 106). He will be on Debatable where the news of the day is discussed, disputed, dissected and even destroyed by hosts Mark Goodman and Alan Light every afternoon.

MONDAY: JOHN APPEARING ON NPR'S WORLD CAFE
John will be interviewed on NPR's World Cafe this Monday, May 1st at 2 PM ET. World Cafe can be heard on over 200 stations nationwide. Listeners can tune into their local affiliate station at the scheduled World Cafe broadcast time, check local listings. To listen live online, check out the WXPN Philadelphia stream at 2 PM ET at XPN.org by choosing WXPN from the ‘Listen Live’ drop-down at the top of the page.

WEDNESDAY: MELLENCAMP ON NBC'S THE TODAY SHOW
John will be performing on NBC's The Today Show on Wednesday morning May 3rd! Stay tuned for additional details next week.

READ JOHN'S ROLLING STONE Q&A
Page 18 of the May 4th issue of Rolling Stone Magazine includes a full page question and answer session between writer Brian Hiatt and John. The article speaks of how John invented modern country music and why he'll never stop smoking, among other intriguing questions. Look for the magazine on store shelves now!



 
SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES TOUR UPDATES
On Tuesday, May 2nd at 10 AM CT the Mellencamp.com pre-sale will begin for John's two shows at the Ravinia Festival. LEARN MORE
Ticket sales begin May 1st at 7 AM ET for Davenport, IA's Mississippi Valley Fair LEARN MORE.

REMEMBER TO GRAB YOUR VIP TICKET BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!
We are offering Front Row VIP Ticket Packages and Diamond VIP Packages for most shows on the Summer 2017 Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour. Limit of six (6) per order. To find out if your show has VIP packages offered, click the blue info icon on the Mellencamp.com TOUR page. There are only a handful of front row tickets left for the whole tour and very limited quantities of Diamond VIP packages left, so act quickly!

JOHN MELLENCAMP SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES 2017 SUMMER TOUR DATES
June 05 - Greenwood Village, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
June 07 - Boise, ID - Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden
June 08 - Redmond, WA - Marymoor Park
June 10 - Troutdale, OR - McMenamins Edgefield #
June 11 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater #
June 13 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
June 14 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
June 17 - Murphys, CA - Ironstone Amphitheatre
June 18 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
June 21 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre
June 22 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
June 24 - Saint Augustine, FL - Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
June 25 - Boca Raton, FL - Mizner Park Amphitheatre
June 27 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre
June 28 - Cary, NC - Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre
June 30 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
July 01 - Lenox, MA - Tanglewood
July 03 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
July 06 - Philadelphia, PA - The Mann Music Center
July 07 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 08 - Canandaigua, NY - CMAC
July 11 - New York, NY - Forest Hills Stadium
August 04 - West Allis, WI - Wisconsin State Fair *
August 05 - Davenport, IA - Mississippi Valley Fair *
August 13 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena *
August 14 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion *
August 19 - Des Moines, IA - Iowa State Fair *
August 20 - Springfield, IL - Illinois State Fair *
August 26 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival *
August 27 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival *
August 29 - St Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair *
August 31 - Allentown, PA - The Great Allentown Fair *
September 01 - Essex Junction, VT - Champlain Valley Fair *
September 03 - Canfield, OH - Canfield Fair*
# Jewel is Special Guest for this show, Emmylou Harris will not be appearing
* Emmylou Harris and Lily and Madeleine will not be appearing


 



Thank you for your continued support!!
TonyB & SharonC - The Mellencamp.com Web Team - help@mellencamp.com



                    




 





13  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Announcements & Updates / Watch John Perform "Grandview" And "Jack & Diane" live on Seth Meyers on: April 27, 2017, 08:25:54 am
John stopped by the Late Night With Seth Meyers show last night in support of his new release Sad Clowns & Hillbillies coming out this Friday, April 28th. John performed an acoustic "Jack & Diane" and Martina McBride joined him on stage for their hit "Grandview"

 
14  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Announcements & Updates / Mellencamp Newsletter: iHeart Radio Special Thurs / Seth Meyers This Wed on: April 25, 2017, 05:50:48 pm
JOHN PERFORMING AT THE iHEART RADIO THEATER TRIBECA THIS THURSDAY - BROADCAST ON RADIO STATIONS NATIONWIDE!
John Mellencamp is releasing his brand new album this Friday and he is kicking off the celebration with NYC's Q104.3, this Thursday night, right downstairs from their studio.  John will talk with Jim Kerr and perform a set that includes new songs from  Sad Clowns & Hillbillies at the iHeartRadio Theater in TriBeCa!


The special will air online and on radio live at 7 PM EDT on iHeartRadio.com. The show will be broadcast on radio stations live across the country, along with with iHeartMedia’s Classic Rock, Classic Hits, Oldies and Variety Hits Radio Stations on the iHeartRadio app, iHeartMedia’s all-in-one digital music and live streaming radio service.  Find your local radio station(s) broadcasting the show HERE. https://www.iheart.com/live/country/US/city/new-york-ny-159/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=HERE&utm_campaign=SadClownsiheart
 


JOHN ON LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS WEDNESDAY
John will be the musical guest on NBC TV's  Late Night With Seth Meyers this Wednesday, April 26th two days before the release of his 23rd full length record Sad Clowns & Hillbillies.  Check your local listings for air times.



SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES ALBUM PREMIERE ON SIRIUS XM OUTLAW COUNTRY CHANNEL 60 FRIDAY!
Friday evening at 5pm EDT, John will appear at the SiriusXM Studios premiering his new release Sad Clowns & Hillbillies on Outlaw Country.  If you don't have a SiriusXM account, you can listen to the interview when you sign up for a free trial. https://player.siriusxm.com/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=HERE&utm_campaign=SadClownsiheart#/login


NPR MUSIC FIRST LISTEN: JOHN MELLENCAMP SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES
 Check out John's incredible new release Sad Clowns & Hillbillies in its entirety on NPR First Listen streaming this week, plus read Jim Allen's complete review of the forthcoming album released this Friday, April 28th on Republic Records on Mellencamp.com.
 

SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES STREET TEAM RETAIL CHECKS PARTICIPANTS WANTED
Sad Clowns & Hillbillies comes out THIS FRIDAY April 28th!  We need fans to help out with a JM Street Team project by checking local retailers, focusing on your local Walmart, Barnes and Nobles, Target and Best Buy stores. We need you to confirm that Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is available for purchase between Friday April 28th and Monday, May 1st.

Fans will submit their observations via an online form. Fans who submit 5 or more checks will receive a PERSONALIZED & AUTOGRAPHED SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES CD COVER from John, along with being entered into a random drawing for some cool prizes! Anyone who submits even just one store check will be elegible for the random prizes, so be sure to check your local store this weekend!

Three fans will win an autographed John Mellencamp 1978 - 2012 box set
 Two fans will win A Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Merch bundle
 1 fan will win the grand prize of an AUTOGRAPHED GUITAR!

If you are interested in helping out please email help@mellencamp.com with the words "RETAIL CHECKS" in the subject of your email. Be sure to tell us what city and state's stores you will be checking. We will reply with more info!

Each participant will be required to email a photo of their store selling the album along with the address of each store checked.
 


Thank you for your continued support!!

TonyB & SharonC - The Mellencamp.com Web Team - help@mellencamp.com
 
 

 
15  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Announcements & Updates / SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES STREET TEAM RETAIL CHECKS PARTICIPANTS WANTED on: April 25, 2017, 05:46:59 pm
Sad Clowns & Hillbillies comes out THIS FRIDAY April 28th!  We need fans to help out with a JM Street Team project by checking local retailers, focusing on your local Walmart, Barnes and Nobles, Target and Best Buy stores. We need you to confirm that Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is available for purchase between Friday April 28th and Monday, May 1st.

Fans will submit their observations via an online form. Fans who submit 5 or more checks will receive a PERSONALIZED & AUTOGRAPHED SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES CD COVER from John, along with being entered into a random drawing for some cool prizes! Anyone who submits even just one store check will be elegible for the random prizes, so be sure to check your local store this weekend!

Three fans will win an autographed John Mellencamp 1978 - 2012 box set
 Two fans will win A Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Merch bundle
 1 fan will win the grand prize of an AUTOGRAPHED GUITAR!

If you are interested in helping out please email help@mellencamp.com with the words "RETAIL CHECKS" in the subject of your email. Be sure to tell us what city and state's stores you will be checking. We will reply with more info!

Each participant will be required to email a photo of their store selling the album along with the address of each store checked.
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